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Social capital and agricultural innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa

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  • van Rijn, Fédes
  • Bulte, Erwin
  • Adekunle, Adewale

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In this paper we use a novel and extensive dataset to explore the association between different forms of social capital and innovation in agriculture, for a sample of African countries. We find mixed evidence. While structural social capital, especially in the form of connections beyond the village, is associated with more extensive adoption of innovations, the reverse is true for cognitive social capital (capturing shared norms and trust within the local community).

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Agricultural Systems.

Volume (Year): 108 (2012)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 112-122

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Handle: RePEc:eee:agisys:v:108:y:2012:i:c:p:112-122

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Keywords: Cognitive social capital; Structural social capital; Adoption of agricultural innovation; Sub-Saharan Africa;

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  2. Willy, Daniel Kyalo & Holm-Müller, Karin, 2013. "Social influence and collective action effects on farm level soil conservation effort in rural Kenya," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 90(C), pages 94-103.
  3. Abebe, Gumataw K. & Bijman, Jos & Pascucci, Stefano & Omta, Onno, 2013. "Adoption of improved potato varieties in Ethiopia: The role of agricultural knowledge and innovation system and smallholder farmers’ quality assessment," Agricultural Systems, Elsevier, vol. 122(C), pages 22-32.
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  5. Yang, Huan & Klerkx, Laurens & Leeuwis, Cees, 2014. "Functions and limitations of farmer cooperatives as innovation intermediaries: Findings from China," Agricultural Systems, Elsevier, vol. 127(C), pages 115-125.

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